Deworming removes internal parasites like roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, whipworms and more.

Deworming is recommended for all dogs and cats, regardless of whether you suspect a parasite infection or not. Preventive healthcare is part of our practice’s commitment to your dog or cat while they are both ill and healthy. Preventative deworming can remove unsuspected parasites before they cause health complications for your dog or cat.

What puts my dog/cat at a higher risk of worm infections? 

All dogs and cats are at risk of developing internal parasites, even if they spend most of their time indoors. If your dog or cat is more likely to interact with wild animals like raccoons or feces, that could increase their risk of infection. However, humans are at risk of contracting parasites from their dogs/cats if they are zoonotic. Children, pregnant people, the elderly and immunocompromised people should be particularly careful of contracting infections.

How early should I start deworming my dog/cat?

Puppies and kittens should be dewormed every two weeks during their first few weeks of life, up until they're 3 months old. They are often born with parasites passed on from their mother before birth or during nursing. Adult dogs and cats should be dewormed at least once per month. Deworming medication is typically administered orally, via pills, liquids or powders. To book a deworming appointment, please contact us at 613-748-9820.

Which parasites infect cats and dogs?

Dogs’ bodies are more hospitable to internal parasites, so they’re often more likely to be infected. However, this doesn’t mean cats can’t get infected. Typically, we’re able to detect worm infections by examining a fecal sample. Common worms we’ll find include: 

  • Roundworms
  • Hookworms
  • Tapeworms
  • Whipworms
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